Ophtecs New Bronze Sponsor

IACLE announces Ophtecs as a new sponsor

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) has a new Bronze Sponsor – Ophtecs Corporation, a contact lens care solution manufacturer based in Japan.

IACLE President Professor Philip Morgan welcomed the Association’s new sponsor, saying, ‘It’s fantastic news for IACLE and our members that we welcome Ophtecs as a new sponsor. The sponsors are an integral part of IACLE activity, and the Executive Board regularly speak with our sponsor colleagues to update them on our work, and to discuss issues facing our members. With this in mind, we look forward to working with our colleagues at Ophtecs and all our sponsors to continue our work towards IACLE’s mission of developing outstanding contact lens educators.’

Founded in 1981, Ophtecs aims to provide comfortable lens wear for all types of contact lens wearers. This has led to the company developing unique and innovative contact lens care solutions which are distributed in over 15 countries. The company’s corporate mission is to ‘Contribute to the Global Ophthalmic Field’ and they continue to develop new products by having the care for contact lens wearers at heart.

CEO and President of Ophtecs Joe Yoneda commented, ‘We are very excited to be a part of IACLE’s activities and we look forward to working closely with the Association.’

CTO and Executive Director Mr Fumio Saito said, ‘We are happy and honoured to be a part of this worldwide organization. We are looking forward to working with IACLE and its members for a long time.’ IACLE Vice President Dr Shehzad Naroo also said, ‘IACLE is very pleased to announce our new sponsor. Ophtecs are a provider of contact lens care products based in Japan with a global reach. This comes at an exciting time for IACLE as we start our plans to grow our membership and develop more educational resources. Partnerships like this are the key to our success.’

For media enquiries please contact:

Amelia Morgan 
Marketing Consultant | International Association of Contact Lens Educators
Leeds | United Kingdom
Email: amelia@ameliamorgan.org
Work / Mobile: + 44 7740 858 395
Skype: ameliagracemorgan_1 | Web: www.iacle.org

NOTES FOR EDITORS

  1. Click here for more details on IACLE’s sponsors.
  2. Dr Shehzad Naroo is Reader at Aston University in Birmingham, UK.
  3. Professor Philip Morgan is Head of Optometry at University of Manchester, UK.

Information on all IACLE activities and membership is available at www.iacle.org

ABOUT IACLE

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators was established in 1979 and is a non-profit, non-political association. IACLE has 731 active members in 74 countries (as of December 2020) and welcomes contact lens educators from all eye care professions and related disciplines. IACLE is dedicated to raising the standard of contact lens education and promoting the safe use of contact lenses worldwide. It is the leading provider of educational and information resources essential to contact lens educators. IACLE is supported by leading global contact lens manufacturers: Platinum Sponsor Alcon, Gold Sponsor CooperVision, Silver Sponsor Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bronze Sponsor Bausch + Lomb and Ophtecs and Donor Sponsor Euclid. 

ABOUT OPHTECS

Founded in 1981, Ophtecs aspires to contribute to the comfortable contact lens wear for all types of wearers. This desire has driven the company to develop unique and innovative contact lens care solutions, distributed in over 15 countries. Ophtecs’ corporate mission is to ‘Contribute to the Global Ophthalmic Field’. To achieve this, they open their doors to the global market and continue to research and develop new products by having the care for contact lens wearers at heart. Ophtecs is the only company in Japan with a specialized research and development facility for contact lens care products. Their well-equipped team is continuously researching the disinfection and the cleaning of contact lenses. The company’s R&D department collects feedback from the market and passes it onto the product development team to meet the needs of consumers. They also work closely with ophthalmologists in various research areas. Different products are designed and developed, from contact lens care products to improve eye health to products such as OTC and pharmaceutical eye drops. Ophtecs have created evolutionary products – they developed the world’s first contact lens care products using Povidone Iodine. Ophtecs develops, manufactures and sells all products lines at their own factories.

2021 Contact Lens Educator Award winners

IACLE recognizes and applauds the achievements of its 2021 Contact Lens Educator Award winners

Contact lens educators from three countries – Colombia, China and the United Kingdom – are celebrating their success in the 2021 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards. The meetings they will attend to receive their awards will be confirmed once COVID-19 restrictions allow. 

The IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards recognize and reward achievements in contact lens education worldwide. Sponsored by CooperVision, these prestigious awards are presented each year to an individual from each of IACLE’s global regions.

The 2021 winners are:

  • IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year

Dr Johanna Garzón

Universidad de La Salle, Bogota, Colombia

  • IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year

Wei Xu

Jinling Institute of Technology, Nanjing, China

  • IACLE Europe/Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year

Dr Byki Huntjens

City, University of London, UK

Dr Huntjens commented, ‘IACLE provides immeasurable support for any contact lens educator worldwide, and particularly during the global Covid-19 pandemic. The Association comprises of an extraordinary group of professionals who, like me, have a passion for contact lenses and are willing to share their knowledge to enhance our educational provision. Because in the end, everything we do is for the next generation of eye care practitioners. Thank you IACLE, for this awesome award; I cannot wait to share this news with my students!’

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo added, ‘It’s that time of year for IACLE to announce the winners of the Educator of the Year Awards. The winner for the Asia Pacific region is Wei Xu; for the Americas is Johanna Garzón; and for Europe Africa and Middle East is Byki Huntjens. Thank you to CooperVision for continuing to sponsor the Educator of the Year Awards.’

For media enquiries please contact:

Amelia Morgan 
Marketing Consultant | International Association of Contact Lens Educators
Leeds | United Kingdom
Email: amelia@ameliamorgan.org
Work / Mobile: + 44 7740 858 395
Skype: ameliagracemorgan_1 | Web: www.iacle.org

NOTES FOR EDITORS

  1. Click here for full details of the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards and their comments on winning. Find biographies of this year’s Educator Award winners here.
  2. Dr Shehzad Naroo is Reader at Aston University in Birmingham, UK.
  3. Information on all IACLE activities and membership benefits is available at www.iacle.org.

ABOUT IACLE

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators was established in 1979 and is a non-profit, non-political association. IACLE has 731 (as of December 2020) active members in 74 countries and welcomes contact lens educators from all eye care professions and related disciplines. IACLE is dedicated to raising the standard of contact lens education and promoting the safe use of contact lenses worldwide. It is the leading provider of educational and information resources essential to contact lens educators. IACLE is supported by leading global contact lens manufacturers: Platinum Sponsor Alcon, Gold Sponsor CooperVision, Silver Sponsor Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bronze Sponsor Bausch + Lomb and Donor Sponsor Euclid. 

ABOUT COOPERVISION

CooperVision, a division of CooperCompanies (NYSE:COO), is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of contact lenses. The company produces a full array of daily disposable, two-week and monthly soft contact lenses that feature advanced materials and optics, and premium rigid gas permeable lenses for orthokeratology and scleral designs. CooperVision has a strong heritage of addressing the toughest vision challenges such as astigmatism, presbyopia, childhood myopia, and highly irregular corneas; and offers the most complete portfolio of spherical, toric and multifocal products available. Through a combination of innovative products and focused practitioner support, the company brings a refreshing perspective to the marketplace, creating real advantages for customers and wearers. For more information, visit www.coopervision.com.

2021 IACLE Awards

IACLE calls for entries for 2021 Educator of the Year Awards

Three contact lens educators from around the world will be attending major international meetings next year, as winners of the 2021 IACLE Awards launched today.

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) is offering educators worldwide the chance to become IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year and travel to a major international meeting providing COVID-19 restrictions allow. IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year will be awarded to three individuals, one from each of IACLE’s three global regions:

  • 2021 IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year
  • 2021 IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year
  • 2021 IACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year

The 2020 winners, Professor Renée Reeder (USA), Professor Bariah Mohd Ali (Malaysia) and Jo Underwood (UK), will also receive their awards at meetings in 2021, when restrictions allow.

These awards recognize and reward achievements in contact lens education and are sponsored by CooperVision. The winners will each receive a bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending an international meeting and permission to use the title 2021 IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year for their region.

The IACLE Educator Awards are open to all contact lens educators who have been IACLE members for at least three years. Applicants can either nominate themselves, or be nominated by another member, their IACLE regional / country coordinator or IACLE staff. Educators must demonstrate impact on their institutions and the ways that they inspire their students to become future contact lens practitioners.  

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented: ‘We are proud to be able to continue to offer the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards for our three global regions. IACLE encourages all members to consider applying for the 2021 Awards, or to nominate someone for the Award. We are grateful to all our sponsors for their support, and especially to CooperVision for continuing to sponsor the Educator of the Year Awards.’

‘Continuous advancement in contact lens technology has made it more important than ever for students to receive focused education in this area of education and practice experience,” said Gary Orsborn, OD, Vice President of Global Professional, Medical and Clinical Affairs, CooperVision. “As one of the world’s leading soft contact lens manufacturers, CooperVision is proud to support IACLE each year in recognizing outstanding contact lens educators for their dedication to the future of the profession.’

The IACLE Travel Awards are bursaries of up to US$3,000 allowing IACLE Educator Members to attend international meetings. The IACLE Travel Awards are sponsored by IACLE through the generous support of all IACLE’s sponsors (Alcon, CooperVision, Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bausch + Lomb and Euclid).

Three 2020 Travel Award recipients, Dr Elizabeth Chetty (South Africa), Professor Martín Guzmán (Venezuela) and Associate Professor Nirav Mehta (India) will receive their awards at an international meeting in 2021, providing COVID-19 restrictions allow. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there will be no IACLE Travel Awards for 2021.

The deadline for entries for the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year 2021 awards is midnight (EST) on Sunday 31 January 2021.

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PICTURE CAPTION: IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo (left) and CooperVision’s Marcella McParland (right), pictured with some of the 2018 IACLE Award winners (l-r) Professor Martha Lucia Marquez Garcia (Colombia), Runa Mazumder (India), Wim Borst (Netherlands) and Henri Eek (Netherlands), at the 2018 American Academy of Optometry.

For media enquiries please contact:

Amelia Morgan 
Marketing Consultant | International Association of Contact Lens Educators
Leeds | United Kingdom
Email: amelia@ameliamorgan.org
Work / Mobile: + 44 7740 858 395
Skype: ameliagracemorgan_1 | Web: www.iacle.org

Notes for editors 

  1. Click here for full details of the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards and here for a full list of previous recipients.
  2. Click here to find out more about the IACLE Travel Awards.
  3. Dr Shehzad Naroo is Reader at Aston University in Birmingham, UK.

Information on all IACLE activities and membership benefits is available here

ABOUT IACLE

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators was established in 1979 and is a non-profit, non-political association. IACLE has 997 (as of 15 September 2020) active members in 79 countries and welcomes contact lens educators from all eye care professions and related disciplines. IACLE is dedicated to raising the standard of contact lens education and promoting the safe use of contact lenses worldwide. It is the leading provider of educational and information resources essential to contact lens educators. IACLE is supported by leading global contact lens manufacturers: Platinum Sponsor Alcon, Gold Sponsor CooperVision, Silver Sponsor Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bronze Sponsor Bausch + Lomb and Donor Sponsor Euclid. 

ABOUT COOPERVISION

CooperVision, a division of CooperCompanies (NYSE:COO), is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of contact lenses. The company produces a full array of daily disposable, two-week and monthly soft contact lenses that feature advanced materials and optics, and premium rigid gas permeable lenses for orthokeratology and scleral designs. CooperVision has a strong heritage of addressing the toughest vision challenges such as astigmatism, presbyopia, childhood myopia, and highly irregular corneas; and offers the most complete portfolio of spherical, toric and multifocal products available. Through a combination of innovative products and focused practitioner support, the company brings a refreshing perspective to the marketplace, creating real advantages for customers and wearers. For more information, visit www.coopervision.com.

IACLE Virtual Conference

Industry comes together for positive message on future for contact lenses

The future is bright for the contact lens industry and there are positive developments arising from changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s the verdict of industry leaders taking part in the first-ever International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) Virtual Conference, on the theme ‘Back to contact lenses’ (26 September).

Joining a panel discussion chaired by IACLE Vice President Professor Philip Morgan were:

Cheryl Donnelly, Head of International Professional Affairs and International KOL Lead – Vision Care at Alcon
Gary Orsborn, Vice President Global Professional, Medical & Clinical Affairs, CooperVision
John Meyler, Global Head, Professional and Clinical Education, Johnson & Johnson Vision
Osbert Chan, Director of Medical and Clinical Affairs for Bausch + Lomb, Asia Pacific

Key developments for the contact lens sector arising from the COVID-19 pandemic included:

• Collaboration between industry, practitioners, scientists and educators to dispel myths about the safety of contact lens wear at the early stages of the pandemic
• Lack of going out, socializing and playing sport were the reasons for patients wearing contact lenses less, rather than safety concerns
• Hygiene now ‘top of mind’ for patients and practitioners
• Efficiencies in appointments and services, such as telemedicine or ‘teleoptometry’
• Rising demand for online ordering, direct-to-patient delivery and digital engagement
• Recognition that contact lenses are an important, ongoing revenue stream for practices
• Acceptance of online learning among industry, practitioners, educators and students
• Opportunities for wearing contact lenses to avoid spectacles fogging and to enhance eye appearance when wearing face masks and coverings

Each of the panel members expressed optimism about the future for contact lenses and identified major changes to contact lens practice that had resulted from the pandemic:

Cheryl Donnelly said that patients purchasing habits for contact lenses, and how and where they interacted with their contact lens practitioners, had changed. ‘We need to look at how patients want to engage, and consider changes to our practice patient journey to allow for the imposed and required changes. It’s not about doing things to a lesser extent clinically… but doing things differently.’

Dr Gary Orsborn anticipated a permanent change in the patient journey. ‘Virtual aftercare appointments, I believe, will improve the situation we have in retaining patients in contact lenses and this should result in fewer dropouts, because of the effectiveness of improved virtual communications. Expect to see increased investment in telemedicine solutions for eye care.’

John Meyler said the sector could work in a much smarter way going forward. ‘Patient experience will improve. This has been a time to reflect on how we can do things more efficiently and better serve patients. I think the future’s very bright for the industry.’

Dr Osbert Chan was also ‘very optimistic’ about the future. ‘We know what to do. We need to learn how to live with the virus and how to overcome it.’

All congratulated IACLE and its members – contact lens educators worldwide – on their response to the pandemic. ‘From the IACLE perspective, you’ve stepped up education delivery so well in these last few months, and have led the way with The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect) Initiative,’ said Ms Donnelly.

More than 200 delegates took part in the IACLE Virtual Conference live. Members participated via the Zoom platform, while non-members and students were able to watch selected sessions via Facebook.

The conference was introduced by IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo, chaired by Europe / Africa – Middle East Regional President Judith Morris and organized by Executive Manager of Educational Programs Nilesh Thite. Speakers on education topics were Lakshmi Shinde (India), Dr Etty Bitton (Canada), Professor Craig Woods (Australia), Fakhruddin Barodawala (Malaysia), Dr May Bakkar (Jordan), Dr Frank Eperjesi (UK), Professor Renée Reeder (USA) and Dr Byki Huntjens (UK).

A recording of the conference is available to IACLE members on its learning management system, IACLETOP, along with around 40 global, regional and national webinars delivered under the TLC Initiative so far. The next series of global webinars – on myopia and its management – will run weekly in November.

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For media enquiries please contact:

Alison Ewbank
Communications | International Association of Contact Lens Educators
International Association of Contact Lens Educators
London | United Kingdom
Email: a.ewbank@iacle.org
Work: + 44 208 390 9378 | Mobile: + 44 7732 121 959
Skype: alisonewbank1 | Web: www.iacle.org

Amelia Morgan 
Marketing Consultant | International Association of Contact Lens Educators
Leeds | United Kingdom
Email: amelia@ameliamorgan.org
Work / Mobile: + 44 7740 858 395
Skype: ameliagracemorgan_1 | Web: www.iacle.org

Notes for editors 

  1. Watch the industry panel discussion on IACLE’s Facebook page.
  2. Read more details of The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect) Initiative.
  3. Access the 2020 Virtual Conference brochure.
  4. Find out more about the IACLETOP Learning Management System.
  5. ‘The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Contact Lens Education’ survey of IACLE Educator Members worldwide was conducted online in May 2020. A total of 214 responses were received from 32 countries across all three of IACLE’s global regions. The survey covers the current effects of the pandemic on contact lens education worldwide, and how educators and institutions plan to adapt in future. Read a full report.
  6. Find information on all IACLE activities and membership benefits.

About IACLE

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators was established in 1979 and is a non-profit, non-political association. IACLE has 967 (as of 30 June 2020) active members in 726 institutions in 79 countries and welcomes contact lens educators from all eye care professions and related disciplines. IACLE is dedicated to raising the standard of contact lens education and promoting the safe use of contact lenses worldwide. It is the leading provider of educational and information resources essential to contact lens educators. IACLE is supported by leading global contact lens manufacturers: Platinum Sponsor Alcon, Gold Sponsor CooperVision, Silver Sponsor Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bronze Sponsor Bausch + Lomb and Donor Sponsor Euclid. 

TLC Initiative Outcomes Update

IACLE reports success of TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators’ TLC Initiative to support educators, their students and the contact lens industry during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, has been a major success since it launched three months ago today.

Teach. Learn. Connect is an online education program and communications campaign that supplements IACLE’s existing educational activities.

Some of the notable achievements of the initiative include:

• At least 4,828 educators and their students have taken part online in global, regional and national TLC webinars.

• IACLE members are now registering for its first-ever Virtual Conference – Back to Contact Lenses – taking place on 26 September.

NOTE: Non-members and students can take part in some conference sessions via the IACLE Facebook page, including an Industry Panel Discussion on the impact of COVID-19 and the future for contact lens education, practice and the industry.

• A total of 842 members have signed up for IACLETOP, IACLE’s new Learning Management System.

• So far, 302 students from nine institutions across the world have taken the new Online Student Trial Exam (STE) to assess their contact lens knowledge.

Social media activity has increased across all platforms, gaining over 1,700 followers on IACLE’s Facebook page, an increase of 37% in a three-month period. The introduction of Instagram has been especially popular, with 1,092 followers joining since its launch at the start of The TLC.

• Since The TLC launch, 35 new members have joined IACLE bringing the total number of members worldwide to 997.

IACLE’s next global webinar series will focus on myopia and its management, starting on 3 November. The topic of the first webinar is ‘What causes myopia and its progression? – current understanding’, presented by Professor Nicola Logan from Aston University, Birmingham, UK.

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented: ‘The Teach. Learn. Connect. Initiative has brought together many of IACLE’s existing resources, merged them with the new activities that IACLE is undertaking and housed them under one banner making them more user-friendly and accessible. The result has been increased engagement with educators and their students.’ 

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For media enquiries please contact:

Alison Ewbank
Communications | International Association of Contact Lens Educators
International Association of Contact Lens Educators
London | United Kingdom
Email: a.ewbank@iacle.org
Work: + 44 208 390 9378 | Mobile: + 44 7732 121 959
Skype: alisonewbank1 | Web: www.iacle.org

Amelia Morgan 
Marketing Consultant | International Association of Contact Lens Educators
Leeds | United Kingdom
Email: amelia@ameliamorgan.org
Work / Mobile: + 44 7740 858 395
Skype: ameliagracemorgan_1 | Web: www.iacle.org

Notes for editors 

  1. Read more details of The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect) Initiative.
  2. Access the 2020 Virtual Conference brochure.
  3. Find out more about the IACLETOP Learning Management System.
  4. ‘The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Contact Lens Education’ survey of IACLE Educator Members worldwide was conducted online in May 2020. A total of 214 responses were received from 32 countries across all three of IACLE’s global regions. The survey covers the current effects of the pandemic on contact lens education worldwide, and how educators and institutions plan to adapt in future. Read a full report.
  5. Dr Shehzad Naroo is Reader at Aston University in Birmingham, UK.
  6. Information on all IACLE activities and membership benefits is available at www.iacle.org.

About IACLE

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators was established in 1979 and is a non-profit, non-political association. IACLE has 967 (as of 30 June 2020) active members in 726 institutions in 79 countries and welcomes contact lens educators from all eye care professions and related disciplines. IACLE is dedicated to raising the standard of contact lens education and promoting the safe use of contact lenses worldwide. It is the leading provider of educational and information resources essential to contact lens educators. IACLE is supported by leading global contact lens manufacturers: Platinum Sponsor Alcon, Gold Sponsor CooperVision, Silver Sponsor Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bronze Sponsor Bausch + Lomb and Donor Sponsor Euclid. 

Online STE Launch

IACLE introduces Online Student Trial Exam to support educators following the COVID-19 pandemic

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) has launched an Online Student Trial Exam (STE) to support educators whose students are currently unable to attend their institutions in person or who want to assess students’ knowledge online.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Contact Lens Education’ survey conducted in May 2020 among IACLE Educator Members worldwide revealed:

• 71% of their institutions were currently closed to students to attend in person
• Only 24% were running exams or assessments for students to take in person
• 22% said they were not currently assessing students at all

Hosted on a new teaching online platform – IACLETOP – the Online STE is one of many additional resources IACLE is introducing under The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative to support educators, students and industry at this time, and help reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative also reflects IACLE’s wider move towards online delivery via IACLETOP.

The STE has previously been a 100 multiple-choice question (MCQ) assessment in paper format to help teachers gauge how their students are progressing through their contact lens curriculum. The paper-format STE will now be discontinued. Delivering the STE online means IACLE can offer a number of enhancements:

• A choice between the traditional 100 MCQ exam or a reduced STE with 50 MCQs, providing more flexibility for educators and students.
• Questions and answer options randomized, so each student gets an individual exam.
• The option to complete the STE via a smartphone app as well as on their computer.
• Online feedback for each student, either on the day or when the educator prefers.

The Online STE will be free of charge until the end of 2020 and will initially be conducted in English, with translations into Spanish, Korean, Chinese (Simplified) and Bahasa to be completed by September.

IACLE’s Executive Manager of Educational Development Professor Craig Woods, who is leading the project, explained: ‘Even if educators are teaching remotely and their students are learning from home, IACLE is able to support them with this tried, tested and trusted exam. We’re very excited to add this to our existing resources and the three institutions that have already tried it out were impressed by how easy it was to administer to their students.’

FIACLE optometrist Fakhruddin Barodawala, lecturer at SEGi University in Malaysia, was among the first to run the exam. He commented: ‘IACLETOP came to the rescue just in time. The pandemic has hit everyone globally, and we were clueless on how we would conduct the STE. At SEGi University, STE is an important element of contact lens teaching as it forms a part of our summative assessment for final-year students. Both I as the educator and my students had a good learning experience.’

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For media enquiries please contact:

Alison Ewbank
Communications | International Association of Contact Lens Educators
International Association of Contact Lens Educators
London | United Kingdom
Email: a.ewbank@iacle.org
Work: + 44 208 390 9378 | Mobile: + 44 7732 121 959
Skype: alisonewbank1 | Web: www.iacle.org

Amelia Morgan 
Marketing Consultant | International Association of Contact Lens Educators
Leeds | United Kingdom
Email: amelia@ameliamorgan.org
Work / Mobile: + 44 7740 858 395
Skype: ameliagracemorgan_1 | Web: www.iacle.org

Notes for editors 

  1. Information on the IACLE Student Trial Exam.
  2. Details of The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative.
  3. ‘The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Contact Lens Education’ survey of IACLE Educator Members worldwide was conducted online in May 2020. A total of 214 responses were received from 32 countries across all three of IACLE’s global regions. The survey covers the current effects of the pandemic on contact lens education worldwide, and how educators and institutions plan to adapt in future.
  4. Information on all IACLE activities and membership benefits is available at www.iacle.org.

About IACLE

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators was established in 1979 and is a non-profit, non-political association. IACLE has 967 (as of 30 June 2020) active members in 726 institutions in 79 countries and welcomes contact lens educators from all eye care professions and related disciplines. IACLE is dedicated to raising the standard of contact lens education and promoting the safe use of contact lenses worldwide. It is the leading provider of educational and information resources essential to contact lens educators. IACLE is supported by leading global contact lens manufacturers: Platinum Sponsor Alcon, Gold Sponsor CooperVision, Silver Sponsor Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bronze Sponsor Bausch + Lomb and Donor Sponsor Euclid. 

TLC Initiative Launch

IACLE launches The TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect.) Initiative

IACLE has today announced the launch of a new initiative to support its members, their students and the contact lens industry, and help reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global contact lens education. 

Teach. Learn. Connect. is a new online education program and communications campaign beginning this month that will supplement IACLE’s existing educational activities as the recovery from the pandemic continues. 

‘The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Contact Lens Education’ survey conducted in May 2020 among IACLE Educator Members worldwide reveals: 

• 71% of their institutions are currently closed to students to attend in person
• 76% expect to provide more online lectures in light of the COVID-19 pandemic
• 87% expect to use IACLE resources more in future and none expect to use them less

Full results of the survey, with respondents across 32 countries, will be released to members soon. 

The TLC Initiative will include: 

• A full program of live and recorded webinars on a global, regional and national basis to help educators and students adapt to new ways of teaching and learning. 

• A half-day virtual conference in September to ‘Bring the focus back to contact lenses’. The conference will examine the way forward for education, practice and for the contact lens industry. 

• Our new teaching online platform – IACLETOP – which will become IACLE’s central point to access all IACLE’s online resources and teaching materials. Fifteen webinars are already available on IACLETOP and new resources will be added, starting with an online Student Trial Exam and new tools for teaching and learning practical skills

• Opportunities for industry to connect with educators and students worldwide. 

• Communications providing new information to support all sectors during the pandemic recovery, including IACLE’s first social media campaign

IACLE’s next series of global webinars will begin on 23 June with ‘Exploring the move to online teaching, learning and assessment’, led by Richard Beggs from Ulster University’s Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice. This webinar will explore how educators can best teach online in a way that encourages student participation. Future webinars will include an opportunity for students to share their own experiences of learning online. 

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented: ‘IACLE already has a vast range of online resources and programs and is ideally placed to support our community of educators, students and industry with new methods of teaching, learning and connecting. The TLC Initiative will provide essential resources to help all of us to adapt to the rapidly changing situation, and continue to deliver world-class education to the practitioners of tomorrow.’

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For media enquiries please contact:

Alison Ewbank
Communications | International Association of Contact Lens Educators
International Association of Contact Lens Educators
London | United Kingdom
Email: a.ewbank@iacle.org
Work: + 44 208 390 9378 | Mobile: + 44 7732 121 959
Skype: alisonewbank1 | Web: www.iacle.org

Amelia Morgan 
Marketing Consultant | International Association of Contact Lens Educators
Leeds | United Kingdom
Email: amelia@ameliamorgan.org
Work / Mobile: + 44 7740 858 395
Skype: ameliagracemorgan_1 | Web: www.iacle.org

NOTES FOR EDITORS 

1. More information about the TLC (Teach. Learn. Connect) Initiative.
2. ‘The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Contact Lens Education’ survey of IACLE Educator Members worldwide was conducted online in May 2020. A total of 214 responses were received from 32 countries across all three of IACLE’s global regions. The survey covers the current effects of the pandemic on contact lens education worldwide, and how educators and institutions plan to adapt in future. 
3. Dr Shehzad Naroo is Reader at Aston University in Birmingham, UK.
4. Information on all IACLE activities and membership benefits is available at www.iacle.org

About IACLE

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators was established in 1979 and is a non-profit, non-political association. IACLE has 938 (as of December 2019) active members in 79 countries and welcomes contact lens educators from all eye care professions and related disciplines. IACLE is dedicated to raising the standard of contact lens education and promoting the safe use of contact lenses worldwide. It is the leading provider of educational and information resources essential to contact lens educators. IACLE is supported by leading global contact lens manufacturers: Platinum Sponsor Alcon, Gold Sponsor CooperVision, Silver Sponsor Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bronze Sponsor Bausch + Lomb and Donor Sponsor Euclid. 

2019 Activity Summary

IACLE reports an exceptional year as membership grows

More contact lens educators worldwide are enjoying the valuable benefits of belonging to IACLE. Membership grew by 11% in 2019 as IACLE celebrated its 40th Anniversary with events around the world.

At the end of the year, the association had a total of 938 active members, compared to 845 at the close of 2018. IACLE was represented in 78 countries, with the highest numbers in China (276), India (139), Colombia (47), United Kingdom (46) and South Korea (43). More than a third of members (35%) were Fellows of IACLE (FIACLEs).

Key achievements for IACLE in 2019 included:

• Annual increase in membership of 11% as at 31 December
• 40th Anniversary events at major international, regional and national meetings
• Total attendance of 8,359 at IACLE’s own meetings, training and events
• Launch of new website with enhanced ease of use and design
• Completion and translations of the New IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC)
• Fully updated Distance Learning Program to align with New ICLC
• 1,585 students at 42 institutes completed the Student Trial Exam
• 44 news items and features on IACLE published during its 40th year

President Dr Shehzad Naroo commented: ‘2019 was an exceptional year for IACLE. We celebrated our 40th Anniversary around the world with friends old and new. We are grateful to our sponsors who supported our various initiatives in 2019. We have big plans for the rest of 2020 and new resources planned for 2021.’

Read the 2019 Activity Summary 

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For media enquiries please contact:
Alison Ewbank
Communications | International Association of Contact Lens Educators
International Association of Contact Lens Educators
London | United Kingdom
Email: a.ewbank@iacle.org
Work: + 44 208 390 9378 | Mobile: + 44 7732 121 959
Skype: alisonewbank1 | Web: www.iacle.org

NOTES FOR EDITORS 

1. Access the IACLE Activity Summary 2019.

2. Dr Shehzad Naroo is Reader at Aston University in Birmingham, UK. 

3. Information on all IACLE activities and membership benefits is available at www.iacle.org

About IACLE

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators was established in 1979 and is a non-profit, non-political association. IACLE has 938 (as of December 2019) active members in 79 countries and welcomes contact lens educators from all eye care professions and related disciplines. IACLE is dedicated to raising the standard of contact lens education and promoting the safe use of contact lenses worldwide. It is the leading provider of educational and information resources essential to contact lens educators. IACLE is supported by leading global contact lens manufacturers: Platinum Sponsor Alcon, Gold Sponsor CooperVision, Silver Sponsor Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bronze Sponsor Bausch + Lomb and Donor Sponsor Euclid. 

ICLC2020 Released in April 2020

IACLE’s flagship resource – ICLC2020 – goes live today

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators has today announced the release of the latest version of its most valued and important resource, the IACLE Contact Lens Course (ICLC), which is used by educators in institutions worldwide.

ICLC2020 has been fully revised and updated by the world’s leading authorities in contact lenses. The course is now available exclusively to IACLE members via its website. From this year the course will be updated every 2 years to keep pace with the latest developments in the contact lens field.

ICLC2020 covers all aspects of contact lens education – from the anatomy of the cornea to the business of contact lens practice – in six modules and 33 lectures in PowerPoint format. The course provides educators with the materials needed to teach a high-quality contact lens course, and is also suitable for students and practitioners. A sample lecture is available free via the IACLE website.

Professor Lyndon Jones, of the University of Waterloo, Canada, is among the 27 Editors of ICLC2020 and commented: ‘The IACLE Contact Lens Course is a “one-stop shop” that covers every relevant aspect of modern contact lens practice in a thorough, easily readable manner. I highly recommend ICLC2020 to students and experienced practitioners looking for an up-to-date and comprehensive resource on contact lenses.’

The previous version of the course – the New ICLC – will now be known as ICLC2015. This version will continue to be available to members in Chinese (simplified), Korean and Spanish, with some lectures translated into French and Italian. The 2013 version of the ICLC is freely accessible as a student aid and can be found on our website under Free Resources.

‘Achieving excellence is a continuous process,’ said Director of Educational Programs, Nilesh Thite, who led the project. ‘As we approached the symbolic year 2020, updating the IACLE Contact Lens Course was an obvious step.

‘The diversity of the topics and the vastness of the information make this a difficult task to execute. However, with outstanding support from the international experts, the course is updated and is ready for members to access. We present ICLC2020 and thank all the Editors for their timely inputs and expertise!’

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For media enquiries please contact:
Alison Ewbank
Communications | International Association of Contact Lens Educators
International Association of Contact Lens Educators
London | United Kingdom
Email: a.ewbank@iacle.org
Work: + 44 208 390 9378 | Mobile: + 44 7732 121 959
Skype: alisonewbank1 | Web: www.iacle.org

NOTES FOR EDITORS 

  1. Details of ICLC2020 and a sample lecture, and a list of Editors.
  2. Lyndon Jones is Professor at the School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of Waterloo, Canada and Director of the Centre for Ocular Research & Education.
  3. Information on all IACLE activities and membership benefits is available at www.iacle.org.

About IACLE

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators was established in 1979 and is a non-profit, non-political association. IACLE has 938 (as of December 2019) active members in 79 countries and welcomes contact lens educators from all eye care professions and related disciplines. IACLE is dedicated to raising the standard of contact lens education and promoting the safe use of contact lenses worldwide. It is the leading provider of educational and information resources essential to contact lens educators. IACLE is supported by leading global contact lens manufacturers: Platinum Sponsor Alcon, Gold Sponsor CooperVision, Silver Sponsor Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bronze Sponsor Bausch + Lomb and Donor Sponsor Euclid. 

2020 IACLE Award Winners

IACLE salutes the achievements of its 2020 Award winners

Contact lens educators from six countries – India, Malaysia, South Africa, the US, UK and Venezuela – are celebrating their success in the 2020 IACLE Awards. The meetings they will attend to receive their awards will be confirmed once COVID-19 restrictions allow. 

The IACLE Contact Lens Educators of the Year – awarded by the International Association of Contact Lens Educators – recognize and reward achievements in contact lens education worldwide. Sponsored by CooperVision, and supported by the American Academy of Optometry, these prestigious awards are presented each year to an individual from each of IACLE’s global regions. The 2020 winners are: 

IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year 
Professor Renée Reeder (above left)
 
University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry, USA

• IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year
Professor Bariah Mohd Ali (above center)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

• IACLE Europe/Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year
Jo Underwood (above right)
Association of British Dispensing Opticians College, Godmersham, UK

Professor Reeder commented: ‘This is such exciting news and such and incredible honor. I am so thankful to know that I have colleagues all over the world with the same struggles who are always willing to share and help. I hope that I can serve as a resource for them as well.’

The IACLE Travel Awards enable IACLE members to travel to international contact lens meetings and are funded by all the Industry Sponsors of IACLE (Alcon, CooperVision, Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bausch + Lomb and Euclid). These Awards are also supported by the Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators and by the American Academy of Optometry.  The 2020 recipients are:

• Dr Elizabeth Chetty (left)
University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Elizabeth will attend the 2021 Association of Optometric Contact Lens Educators (AOCLE) Annual Workshop, with kind support from AOCLE.

• Professor Martín Guzmán (center)
Universidad Nacional Experimental Romulo Gallegos, Zaraza, Venezuela

• Associate Professor Nirav Mehta (right)
Hari Jyot College of Optometry, Navsari, India

Professor Guzmán commented: ‘I am immensely honored to be chosen as the recipient of this award, taking into account the times we are currently going through and the relevance of knowledge in the different areas of health, and the potential contribution that we have ahead. It is our duty to continue studying in order to better serve our patients. This award will be fully used for that purpose.’

2020 IACLE Awards winners will each receive a bursary of up to US$3,000 towards the cost of attending a major international meeting where they will receive their certificates.

IACLE President Dr Shehzad Naroo added his congratulations to this year’s winners and acknowledged the support of the sponsors and supporters: ‘Each year the competition for the IACLE Awards gets stronger. Thank you to CooperVision for continuing to sponsor the Educator Awards. We are pleased to be able to offer three Travel Awards too and we have three worthy recipients. We are grateful to be able to make these awards with the support of all our sponsors,’ said Dr Naroo.

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For media enquiries please contact: 

Alison Ewbank 

Communications | International Association of Contact Lens Educators
International Association of Contact Lens Educators
London | United Kingdom
Email: a.ewbank@iacle.org

Work: + 44 208 390 9378 | Mobile: + 44 7732 121 959
Skype: alisonewbank1 | Web: www.iacle.org

NOTES FOR EDITORS 

1. Full details of the IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards and their comments on winning. Find biographies of this year’s Educator Award winners.

2. Find out more about the IACLE Travel Awards and their comments. Read biographies of the 2020 IACLE Travel Award recipients.

3. Dr Shehzad Naroo is Reader at Aston University in Birmingham, UK. 

4. Information on all IACLE activities and membership benefits is available at www.iacle.org

5. Details of Academy 2020 Nashville are here and the AOCLE Annual Workshop here.

ABOUT IACLE

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators was established in 1979 and is a non-profit, non-political association. IACLE has 938 (as of December 2019) active members in 79 countries and welcomes contact lens educators from all eye care professions and related disciplines. IACLE is dedicated to raising the standard of contact lens education and promoting the safe use of contact lenses worldwide. It is the leading provider of educational and information resources essential to contact lens educators. IACLE is supported by leading global contact lens manufacturers: Platinum Sponsor Alcon, Gold Sponsor CooperVision, Silver Sponsor Johnson & Johnson Vision, Bronze Sponsor Bausch + Lomb and Donor Sponsor Euclid. 

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